There will be no parliamentary sitting or elections during the duration of Malaysia’s state of national emergency, said Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin in a national address on Tuesday (Jan 12).
He added that the state of emergency is not a military coup and that the civil government will continue to function. Curfews will not be enforced, he also said.
Mr Muhyiddin’s address came just after King Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah declared a state of emergency across the country to curb the spread of COVID-19. The emergency will last until Aug 1 or earlier depending on the state of coronavirus infections.
In a statement on Tuesday morning, the king noted that the COVID-19 pandemic situation in the country was at “a very critical level” and that “there is a need to declare a proclamation of emergency based on clause (1) Article 150 of the Constitution”.
Article 150 of the Constitution stipulates that the king may issue a proclamation of emergency, upon the advice of the prime minister, if he is satisfied that a grave emergency exists whereby the security, economic life or public order is threatened.
The palace announcement came a day after the prime minister announced tighter curbs, including a nationwide travel ban. Additionally, five states including Penang, Selangor, Melaka, Johor and Sabah, and the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan will be placed under Movement Control Order (MCO) again from Wednesday until Jan 26.
The number of new daily infections hit a record high last week, breaching the 3,000 mark for the first time. Total coronavirus cases passed 138,000 on Monday, with 555 deaths.
Source: CNA Asia
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